OpenAI, the creators of ChatGPT, made a bunch of announcements yesterday.

I’ll share links where you can read about all of them, but want to highlight two that may be particularly useful to educators.

One is their opening up their ChatGPT store to everyone (in other words, to those of us who are not paid subscribers).  Free users can’t create custom GPTs, but can use the ones others have created.  A fair number of teachers have created some tools that look pretty interesting, but I haven’t really explored them before since they’ve only been open to paid ChatGPT subscribers.  I’m looking forward now to checking them out.  You can read more at The Verge’s article, OpenAI’s custom GPT Store is now open to all for free.

The other potentially useful few feature is what appears, at least in the example they show in the video below, a pretty “frictionless” audio translation tool. Who knows if it works that well in real life and, of course, Google Assistant does something very similar already. It will really be a potential “killer app” for teacher/parent communication if and when this translation mode can be used over the phone. Right now, as far as I can tell, Samsung’s Galaxy phone is the only translation tool that can be used that way.

You can read about all or most of OpenAI’s announcements from yesterday at What OpenAI did from One Useful Thing and OpenAI wants users to act natural around ChatGPT from The Washington Post.

I’m adding this info to THE BEST SITES FOR LEARNING ABOUT GOOGLE TRANSLATE & OTHER FORMS OF MACHINE TRANSLATION.